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26-12-2014

Hindutva agenda

The RSS' cultural onslaught

Briefing

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Column

Caste spins and readings

Sashi Kumar
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Data Card

Towards nuclear self-reliance

Data Stories
The 50th year of the Indian nuclear fuel reprocessing programme underlines India’s mastery in all aspects of the nuclear cycle.
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Xenophobia

Targeting ‘the Other’

Lead Story
North-eastern India figures prominently in the Sangh Parivar’s new scheme of things. While poor Muslims there and in many other parts of the country a
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Politics of meat-eating

Messing with food habits

Lead Story
The Sangh Parivar’s food prescriptions perpetuate an uncomplicated upper-caste notion of Hinduism and alienate Muslims, Christians, Dalits and other l
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Nuclear Energy

Safety first

Science & Technology
At Rawatbhatta in Rajasthan, work on two 700 MWe indigenous reactors is in full swing, with safety as an important consideration.
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Livelihood Issues

Scheming against the poor

Social Issues
The Left and other national parties protest against the NDA government’s attempts to dilute the MGNREGS by limiting its budget and reducing its reach.
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Tales spies tell

Books
A useful book by a former RAW officer, but marred by inaccuracies and salacious details.
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Village studies

Books
Reflections on the structure of and changes in the social life of rural India.
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The United States

Now, Ferguson

World Affairs
A vicious pattern of the African American community, already hit by high poverty and rising unemployment rates, being stereotyped and targeted by law-
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Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Betrayed & forsaken

India
The survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy try to hold on to their memories and still nurse hopes of securing justice some day.
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Changing China

Books
An overwhelming focus on the state and the CPC is both the strength and the weakness of the book. The author explains clearly the ideology and rationa
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“It is a class attack”

Social Issues
Interview with Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura.
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Institutions

Fence eating the crops

India
The CBI Director’s exit from the 2G spectrum allocation scam probe raises questions about the agency’s autonomy.
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Kerala

To the edge and back

General Issues
Another outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, this time in Kerala, rattles public health authorities and duck farmers and freezes th
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Assembly Elections: Jammu and Kashmir

Voting with hope

India
Despite the separatists’ call for a boycott, the people of Kashmir turn out in large numbers to vote. Have issues of governance taken priority over po
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The Hindutva project

Distorting history, manufacturing culture

Lead Story
All nationalist histories construct and reconstruct the past and have a political dimension to them. The Hindutva project has an additional, fascist,
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Saffronising education

Twisted texts

Lead Story
A series of steps taken by the government in the name of reforms lay bare its motive to saffronise education and educational institutions at all costs
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Rani ki Vav

A queen’s tribute

Heritage
Rani ki Vav, a spectacular 11th-century stepwell in Patan, Gujarat, is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
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ASEAN & EAS

Eastward ho!

World Affairs
The planners of the Prime Minister’s journey to East Asia in November scored high in terms of making the optimal use of his presence in the region. Th
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Sri Lanka

Tough fight ahead

World Affairs
As Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks a record third term in office, the opposition, for once, is united and has the support of an influential leader of the Budd
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Assembly Elections: Jharkhand

Mission impossible?

India
The BJP’s ambitious “Mission 45” plan in Jharkhand seems to have come unstuck over its inability to penetrate the tribal strongholds of the JMM.
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PM's visit to Fiji

Pacific bridge

World Affairs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short but action-packed visit to Fiji gives India an opportunity to extend its development partnership throughout the P
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Diplomacy

Behind the bonhomie

World Affairs
India’s diplomatic chill with Pakistan and the failure of SAARC members to sign any significant agreement render the Kathmandu summit’s objective of “
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Cover Story

Now, the real agenda

Lead Story
Having established itself in power at the Centre, the Sangh Parivar has earnestly started pushing its communal projects in various spheres of life in
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The UAE

Upfront against terrorism

World Affairs
The UAE is no longer the understated player it used to be on the foreign policy front, and its main goal is “to fight terrorism and restore stability”
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West Bengal

On the back foot

Politics
Mamata Banerjee and her party seem to be hemmed in by problems of their own creation.
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Moral policing

Space for love

Lead Story
In a counter to right-wing onslaught on the freedom of expression, youngsters retake public spaces through organised resistance.
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Controversy

Godman in trouble

India
The Haryana Police arrest the self-styled godman Rampal, who is an accused in a murder case, after a violent clash with his devotees in his ashram in
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U.S. & CUBA

Rethink on blockade

World Affairs
There are indications that the U.S. may consider easing its blockade of Cuba, which has inflicted on the island over $1.1 trillion in economic costs a
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Travel

Sichuan: Scenic and sacred

Travel
Sichuan is a pastoral paradise, much more varied and beautiful than its neighbour, the stark but stunning Tibet. It is also home to the first and the